From our base in Caprignana we explored the surrounding attractions. In particular the central city of Lucca (birthplace of Puccini) and the iconic Pisa (THAT tower). We also spent a day at Viareggio which is on the Mediterranean sea and is a huge resort town and a centre for luxury yacht building.
3. Lucca, Pisa, Viareggio
San Michele in Foro (11th - 14th century Romanesque facade)
Narrow streets in Lucca
One of many towers in Lucca - this one we got to climb
...and the view from the top
One section of Lucca was built over an old Roman amphitheatre, hence the curved street and oval shaped Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Duomo di San Martino (another Pisan style Romanesque cathedral from the 11th Century)
Duomo di San Martino
Baptistry, Duomo and leaning tower at Pisa
Yes, it leans
Obligatory tourist photo #1:...but I can hold it up with just one finger!
The beach at Viareggio, looking north towards the Carrara mountains
Sailing in the Mediterranean
Attack of sea urchins!!!
Art Nouveau architecture - the formerly grand "Gran Caffe Margherita